I’m Eddie and I have been learning how to bass fish since 2016. I served in the Infantry (11B) for four years and deployed to Iraq during my time in the military. I’m a Disabled Veteran and a very competitive person. Fishing was a childhood passion of mine that I never pursued until now. I had a wild hair one night to pick it up full time since the Texas weather is so beautiful year-round and so many lakes are at my disposal. I have been blessed to be a part of a local fishing community with members who have taken me under their wings and taught me a lifetime of knowledge in short time. I owe thanks to many people on this journey but none more than my wife. She drove me to push myself to become the angler I am now. Fishing has opened the door to so many new friendships and a lifetime of memories.
My name is Damon and I served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 2006-2013. I went to Baghdad with Eddie and also went to Kandahar during my time with 4ID. I was also able to serve in Kabul, Afghanistan with the State Department. Outdoors has always been a huge part of my life. My mind is rarely calmer than when I am on the water or in the woods. Fishing has given me an ability to take the negative energy from my experiences and funnel it towards something less destructive. While I do not get out as often as I would like, every moment outside is one more good time I can focus on. I am not a great fisherman. There are many days that I show up and leave without catching a single one. For me it is less about the fish and more about the experience. Everything I carry seems to fall away while I am on the water.
It is that feeling that I try to impart to other veterans. It has taken years for me to even start coming to terms with not being able to serve my country in the way I once did. I have spent countless hours and many friendships chasing that feeling again. I have found that there is more than one way a person can serve the country they love. In my case, I created Fishing In The Dark with another vet who shares my experience stateside. We use this thing we have created to try to pull other veterans out of the darkness that surrounds us when we get back from war. Hopefully, I will be able to continue this service until our mission is complete. As cliché as it may sound, if I can save just one person from committing suicide through this company I will consider it a success. Vets, stay in the fight. This is only the beginning of your life, find something to make the pain worth it!
Due to an influx of of applicants we are temporarily not taking on new veterans at the moment. If you are a veteran in need please reach out to us personally. Eddie@Fishinginthedark.us
We will continue to work with those who have already applied to get you out on the water. Thank you to all for your continued support.